NH Delegation Announces More Than $ 5.7 Million In Federal Funding To Support Granite State Firefighters

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September 10, 2021

(Manchester, NH) – Today, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the senatorial appropriations committee, announced with US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), member of the Internal Security Committee, and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $ 5.7 million in federal funding to support Granite State firefighters as part of its firefighter assistance grant program (AFG). and Staffing for the Fire and Emergency Response Adequate Grants (SAFER) program. The following towns and villages have received grants under these programs:

Program

Community

Goal

Rising

PLUS SR

Merrimack

To hire 8 new full-time firefighters

$ 2,559,254.16

AFG

Manchester

To purchase a firefighter’s breathing apparatus

$ 1,366,700.00

PLUS SR

Goffstown

To hire 4 new full-time firefighters

$ 1,223,467.28

AFG

Derry

To purchase a firefighter’s breathing apparatus

$ 496,980.00

AFG

Pittsfield

To buy portable and mobile radios

$ 54,086.07

TOTAL

$ 5,700,487.51

The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments to improve the safety of firefighters and the public. Grants can be used for training, equipment acquisition, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness activities, and fire station / EMS modifications. The SAFER program provides grants directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighters’ organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained and “frontline” firefighters available in their communities.

“New Hampshire firefighters are integral to the safety and well-being of our communities, which is why obtaining funds to ensure they are able to do their jobs in the safest way. and the most efficient possible has been a top priority for me in the Senate ” said Senator Shaheen. “I am delighted to announce this significant federal funding for New Hampshire, which will help these Granite State fire departments replace essential safety and communications equipment, as well as add additional firefighters to increase their capacity to serving the communities of New Hampshire. I will continue to fight for resources to support our fire departments and keep our firefighters safe on the job. ”

“Firefighters put their lives at risk every day to help save lives, and we need to make sure they have the resources they need to stay safe and serve our communities. said Senator Hassan. “I was happy to lobby for these crucial grants that will support the New Hampshire firefighters, and I will continue to work to support our courageous stakeholders.”

“The courageous men and women who make up our New Hampshire fire departments are on the front lines every day to protect our communities,” said Representative Kuster. “This funding through the Firefighter Assistance Grant (AFG) and Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Staffing Program will help ensure that our Granite State firefighters have the training and supplies needed to help them do their jobs safely. I am proud to see these funds heading to New Hampshire and fighting for our first responders in Congress. ”

“New Hampshire firefighters put themselves at risk every day, and we must continue to support our services in their work to keep Granite Staters safe. ” said Representative Pappas. “I am pleased that these grants have been made to ensure that our departments have the equipment and personnel they need to serve our communities safely. I remain committed to working in a bipartisan fashion to support our firefighters and first responders. ”

“As the leader of the New Hampshire Fire Department, I am very grateful to Senator Shaheen and his staff as well as to Senator Hassan and the rest of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation for their continued support of these programs. I also very much appreciate their contribution and help in securing these grants for many towns and cities in New Hampshire as well as for the New Hampshire Fire Academy. These grants go a long way in providing the necessary training, tools, equipment, vehicles and personnel that respond to the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire every day, ” said Michael W. Sitar, Jr, president of the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs.

As a senior member of the Senate Credit Committee, Shaheen has always fought to support the New Hampshire firefighters. In the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 funding legislation that was passed by Congress and enacted in December, Shaheen stepped up funding for the program, securing $ 360 million for the AFG program. Shaheen frequently advocates for New Hampshire fire departments to receive awards under the AFG program. The senator also helped to include $ 360 million for the SAFER program. Last year, Senator Shaheen’s law, the law guaranteeing the safety of firefighters’ equipment, was enacted as part of the annual defense bill for fiscal year 2021. The legislation will be take important action to address health concerns regarding occupational exposure of firefighters to harmful PFAS chemicals through their personal protective equipment.

Senator Hassan works to support firefighters and emergency responders in New Hampshire. She lobbied for NH fire departments to receive SAFER and AFG grants, and earlier this year Senator Hassan successfully led efforts to include $ 300 million in the US bailout to expand these grant programs. In addition, Senator Hassan introduced legislation to guarantee collective bargaining rights for firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Earlier this summer, the Senate passed a bipartisan law that Senator Maggie Hassan and her colleagues introduced to help protect firefighters from dangerous chemicals from PFAS.



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